FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – A violent confrontation that took place in early December outside a convenience store on Sistrunk Blvd in Fort Lauderdale left a South Florida man without a leg.

It began inside the store when, police say, Clarence Hall began harassing Tamaria Wimber and her cousin David Thomas.

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“He thought me and my cousin was gay,” said Wimber.  “He thought my cousin was a punk.”

“I told him, dude, I’m not gay,” said Thomas  “and you’re not going to disrespect my cousin.  Like he wanted to fight her. (I said) like, ‘ok, relax, come outside, don’t put your hands on her.‘”

Outside, surveillance video showed Hall trying to fight Thomas, while Thomas and his cousin were just trying to leave.  Eventually he is seen hurling bricks and kicking the car.  The car eventually took off and slammed violently into pole.  What is not seen, just off camera was a man was leaning against that pole.

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“He had done thrown the bricks through the windshield and it started looking like spider webs,” said Wimber.  “I couldn’t see and  when I put my good on the brake, I was already on top of this man.”

While the man is screaming in pain, Wimber and her cousin rushed to help him. The man’s leg was so mangled in the crash that doctors had to amputate it.

“(It) just freaked me out!” said Wimber. “Everything freaked me out, it happened so quick.”

Hall faces several charges, including attempted murder.

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Investigators may add other charges later.  He’s being held without bond.

Ted Scouten